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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Trauma-Informed Practices and Students with Disabilities in Elementary School, Kimberly Jane Haney
Trauma-informed practices have become more utilized within the education setting, which has led to the need for teachers to be educated in these practices. Educators need to know how trauma impacts their students and appropriate interventio...

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Developing Scientific Literacy to Promote 21st-Century Skills in Students, Colleen R. Hanson
Scientific literacy and 21st-century skills are two skill sets that can equip students to handle the demands of the modern world. Scientific literacy is knowing the science content, understanding the methods and procedures scientists use, a...

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Use of Social Support to Decrease Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Collegiate Athletes with Time-Loss Injuries, Kaylee A. Hermansen and Jessie Juenemann
The mental aspects of an injury are what typically go unseen. Injuries often cause psychological distress among injured athletes such as depression and anxiety. Social support can assist in combating mental health distress associated with a...

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Successful Co-Teaching Models in the Secondary Setting, Alexandra L. Hermoza
Co-teaching is an educational practice that emerged in the early 1970’s with the creation of the IDEA act. In this inclusive teaching model, a special education and a general education teacher work together to share responsibilities of the ...

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The Importance of Teaching Middle School Social Studies in the United States, Ian Phillip Higgins
In the state of Minnesota, the standardized testing, known as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test, does not have a requirement for social studies. Math, reading and sciences are all tested, but social studies is left to the wa...

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Trauma: How the Student Teacher Relationship Impacts Student Success, Eujeana Starr Hinkle
High behavioral and academic expectations are exceptionally challenging for students who have experienced trauma. With increasing numbers of students who have experienced significant trauma, it is essential that teachers create trauma-respo...

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ELL Mathematics: Best Practice and Methodology, Zach E. Holman
Math performance for ELL students continues to lag behind that of their native-speaking counterparts. While researching best practice when teaching ELL math, I found that many ELL students do not have equal opportunities when it comes to ma...

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Consolidating Prenatal Care: An Integrative Review, Rachel Irving
Introduction: The purpose of this integrative review was to examine how consolidating prenatal care visits can affect attendance, exploring aspects at five different levels of influence. Methods: Whittemore and Knafl’s five-stage review pro...

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The Engagement of Students in Online Learning, Nathan Jacobson
Online education should include the engagement of students in as many ways as possible. Social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive engagements are the primary types of engagement that can be applied. This research was conducted firstly, t...

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The Impact of Group Prenatal Care on Decreasing Racial Health Disparities, Nikki L. Jacobson
Introduction: Adverse birth outcomes are a significant public health issue for women and infants in the United States, with preterm birth identified as a major cause of neonatal complications leading to lifelong morbidity and mortality. BIP...

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Understanding Possible Risk and Protective Factors For High School Students Who Experience Chronic Childhood Trauma, Albert Johnson
Students enter their respective school buildings with unknown past physical, emotional, or mental traumas due to dynamics within their family, community, or school (Izard & National, 2016). Experiencing trauma in childhood can lead to a myr...

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The Effects of Trauma on Special Education Students Specifically Within Certain Disability Categories Such As Selective Mutism, Autism, and Other Health Disabilities, David R. Johnston
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been shown to have life-long consequences. The trail of trauma often associated with negative childhood experiences can impact students as they go through the developmental stages of adolescents all...

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Factors Affecting the Academic Self-Concept of K-12 Students with Reading Disabilities, Jamie L. Kaihoi
The way students perceive themselves as learners is referred to as their academic self-concept (ASC). ASC is made up of the thoughts and feelings a student has about their experience in the classroom with learning tasks and research has sho...

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The Impact of Trauma on Learning and Behaviors in the Classroom and how a Trauma-Informed Classroom Helps, Susanne W. Karris
As trauma is becoming more prevalent among our students, it is essential that districts, schools, and staff understand its impacts in the classroom. The American Psychological Association (2021) estimates that more than ⅔ of children experi...

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Outcomes for Special Education 18-21 Transition Programs: A Parent Perspective, Mandy Lynn Kasowicz
Parenting is a complicated journey that never ends for those who raise children with special needs. Families need to make several difficult decisions about life after high school, and they are often left alone to navigate those choices. Dec...

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How Secondary Art Teachers Can Develop 21st Century Skills of Creativity Through the Creative Process, Jason Kyle Kehrer
This literature review explores how secondary art teachers can develop 21st century skills of creativity through the creative process. Creativity is not easy to define. Many researchers and individuals define it differently or see creativit...

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The Impact of Terminal Doctoral Level Credentials on Physician Assistant/Associate and Physician Collaboration, Alicia Klein
Physician assistants/associates (PAs) are regarded as valuable members of the healthcare team and work in a team-based collaborative model with physicians. In recent years, there has been a debate regarding the most appropriate entry-level ...

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Differentiated Instruction: A Unit Planning Guide to Support Implementation, William H. Kornbaum
Classrooms today are filled with diversity in a plethora of spectrums. Students differ in ability, interests, learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and many other ways. In addition, teachers have been tasked with meeting the needs of all s...

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“Everybody Here is Like a Therapist": A Qualitative Case Study of School Based Mental Health Integration within a Multi-Tiered System of Support in one Urban Alternative High School, Adam B. Kunz
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the integration of a School Based Mental Health Program within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in an urban alternative high school. The eight participants of this study are membe...

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The Impact of Poverty on High School Graduation Rates, Andrew Lanners
Kids living in poverty is an issue that can impact students in many ways, especially educationally. This thesis paper goes in depth on how poverty negatively impacts graduation rates. Students living in poverty can be negatively impacted so...

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Diabetes and Hypertension Prevention in Vanuatu: A Community Service Project, Jasmin N. Lindberg, Abigail Marton, and Danielle M. Settle
Vanuatu is a country located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean that is east of Australia (Adams & Foster, 2020, para. 1). This community service project partnered with the health clinic at the Family Care Centre (FCC), located in Teouma Val...

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The Influence of Restorative Practice on School Climate, Kay E. Lister
The impact of restorative practices on school climate is affirmed as the fostering of teacher-student relationship impacts connection, empathy, and social skills. Bullying decreased, self-advocacy increased, and school communities became bo...

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Including LGBTQ Content in Health Care Education: Improving Provider Preparedness, Marta M. Little
Introduction: The LGBTQ community experiences significant disparities within health care. Lack of provider competence contributes to this, stemming from insufficient medical training. The purpose of this integrative review was to examine or...

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The Effects of Mindfulness Interventions to Enhance Educational Experiences and Sense of Well Being, Madeline Ruth Luoma
More recently than ever, teachers are witnessing an uptick in aggressive behaviors and emotional dysregulation and decreased academic engagement within their classroom walls. This can impact the learning environments of all students and hin...

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ASD Social Skills Development Using Immersive Virtual Environment Head-Mounted Display Interventions: A Review of Feasibility and Effectiveness, Kasey Lynn
This literature review determined the feasibility and effectiveness of Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) interventions to develop social skills for children with ASD. Data summarized 11 research ...

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The Female Autism Experience: A Literature Review, Megan Elizabeth Maas
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by communication challenges, difficulties in socialization, and the occurrence of restrictive, repetitive behaviors. Current data in the United States indicates that 1 in 44 children are diagn...

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Suicide Prevention for The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, Tiffany M. Manor
The problem that this research addressed is the lack of a Lutheran training framework for suicide prevention in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) in which ministers learn to identify and respond to congregants and colleagues who h...

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The Impact of Technology Integration on Secondary Student Learning, Emma Lee Martin
In a world that is ever advancing in technology, we too must grow along with it. Technology has, especially in recent years, been integrated into education. It is a tool that provides a means to student learning. For many, the integration o...

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Gender Differences in High School Students’ Perceptions of Math and Science Identity, Self-Efficacy, and Utility, Lauren Mauel
This quantitative dissertation examined the differences between young men and women’s perceptions of mathematics and science identity, self-efficacy, and utility. There are gender norms and stereotypes that impact identity, self-efficacy, a...

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The Relationship Between Staff Burnout and Staff Morale in Private International Schools in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates., Asif Mehmood
This research examined the significance of the relationship between educators' burnout and morale in three private international schools in Sharjah, UAE. Correlations between individual variables from the Maslach Burnout Inventory Educators...

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Healthy Brains from Birth: Raising Parental Awareness on Early Childhood Brain Development in HealthPartners Birth Centers, Arielle Melum, Cole Smith, and Caitlin Rose Van Meter
The human brain most efficiently and rapidly develops during the first three years of life with nurturing and stimulating serve-and-return interactions (Britto et al., 2017; Center for the Developing Child 2021). Because not all parents are...

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Teacher Burnout, Michelle L. Miller
Every year thousands of teachers across the world leave the classroom due to teacher burnout. Teacher burnout syndrome is the emotional and physical exhaustion originating from excessive job stress. Burnout originates from excessive workloa...

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Effective Feedback in the Secondary Writing Classroom, Lisa R. Murphy
Feedback in an educational context is an amazing tool to guide learners towards a goal. This literature review examines the beginning of feedback research, beginning with Thorndike’s Law of Effect in 1898 and moving into what researchers ar...

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A Cross Cultural Perspective of Parental Influence on Children’s Academic Success and Well-Being, Sarah R. Murray
This paper examines the correlation between parental involvement and student academic achievement through a multicultural lens, with a focus on eastern and western parenting. Parenting styles are proven to significantly influence academic a...

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Parent Advocacy in Special Education: Critical Principles and Action Steps, Amanda R. Musolino-Olson
Parent advocacy in special education is currently an expectation built into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process requires families and school personnel to wor...

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Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the Active Compression Test Compared to the Dynamic Labral Shear Test in Predicting SLAP Lesions in Female Overhead Athletes, Jenna Myers and Chloe A. Pruitt
Background: Superior Labral Anterior-Posterior (SLAP) lesions are a common shoulder injury in overhead athletes that can be difficult to evaluate clinically. With increasing participation in athletics, useful diagnostic tests are needed for...

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Self-Advocacy and Postsecondary Program Achievement in Students With High-Incidence Disabilities, Alyssa Nelson
This literature review examines studies that investigated and evaluated the relationship between self-advocacy and college program completion in postsecondary students with disabilities. Research was reviewed that used school-aged participa...

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The Benefits of Co-Teaching Students with Special Education Needs in the General Education Classroom, Stephen R. Nelson
This research project has focused on co-teaching students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Co-teaching is synonymous with cooperative teaching and has been increasing in school districts across the United States and int...

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Perceptions of Elementary Classroom Teachers Using MoveMindfully®: Understanding Teacher Well-being and Teacher Efficacy, Jeff LeVern Nepsund
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to understand the perceptions of elementary school teachers who have used MoveMindfully® regarding their personal social emotional well-being and efficacy in meeting the needs of their stud...

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Understanding How Higher Education Leaders Manage Their Personal Self in a Changing Environment, Brittany Kay Nielsen
This research looked at how higher education leaders identified and managed their emotions in times of institutional change. Interviews were conducted with higher education leaders who were above the level of director and were not chancello...

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Parent Experience in Preschool Special Education Classroom Setting Decisions, Kaia Kathryn Nordtvedt
Early childhood is a crucial time in a child's development and is often the entry point for a child experiencing developmental delays in the special education process. Parents play an essential role in the special education process as the c...

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Social Emotional Learning, Bryan Kilbourne Norman
The COVID-19 pandemic declared in March of 2020 disrupted the landscape of education and presented students and teachers with unforeseen impacts and obstacles. Notably, negative social and emotional issues arose as these changes drove stude...

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Facing the Teacher Shortage of America, Cheryl L. Novine
With the nationwide shortage of teachers and the decrease in those entering the field of teaching, school districts are suffering the impact and ultimately students will be impacted as well. In one way or another, those impacted by the qual...

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The Effects of Poverty on Students' Mental Well-Being, Esther P. Nyagwencha-Nyamweya
Poverty is a global problem that has impacted the mental well-being of students. Research shows that in the US, one out of five children under the age of 18 live in poverty. This literature review sought to determine the effects of poverty ...

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A Choice Based Art Classroom with the Application of the Multiple Intelligence Theory and the Impact at the Elementary Level, Kelly Nyhammer
This literature review was guided by the research question, “How can the application of the multiple intelligence theory impact a choice based art classroom at the elementary level?” Data collected from this research found increased in stud...

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Best Practices for Elementary Reading Interventions, Kathleen E. Owen
Literacy skills are essential for success in school, work, and social life. In spite of years of research and reform, there is still an alarming rate of illiteracy in America today. This literature review, with application emphasis thesis, ...

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School-Based Health Centers and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students, Jena Parker
School-based health centers (SBHCs) improve health equity by increasing access to primary care and eliminating many barriers that underserved students often face. Convenience, confidentiality, and cost are just some of the benefits of this ...

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Teacher Perceptions and Attitude of Differentiated Instruction, Anu Pazhayannur
A classroom comprises of students who are learning at grade level, below grade level and some who find grade-level curriculum not challenging enough. Teachers who are planning and executing lesson plans that view the classroom as one entity...

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Burnout, Timeout, and Fallout: A Qualitative Study of Why Pastors Leave Ministry, Trisha R. Peach
There is a lack of understanding of what factors are contributing to pastoral attrition in the Assemblies of God. In response to this problem, the researcher investigated the ministry and training of Moses and Paul. The researcher studied r...

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Implementation of Tiered Systems of Support at Secondary Schools in Minnesota, Beth Arlene Praska
The purpose of this study was to examine data regarding the implementation of critical components of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework in Minnesota public secondary schools, defined as middle and high schools that service...

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Prenatal Mindfulness Education and Childbirth Outcomes, Taylor Mae Rasmusson
Introduction: Mindfulness-based childbirth education focuses on supporting normal physiologic labor and birth. This article presents the findings of an integrative review examining the relationship between prenatal mindfulness education and...

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The Role of Inclusion in Creating a Positive Learning Experience and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Jacob Rath
This paper reviews the current research regarding the inclusion of students with special education services in the general education setting and what steps would be necessary to effectively implement more inclusive approaches in schools tod...

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Effects of Inquiry-Based Learning on Science Students, Aaron N. Rau
Inquiry-based learning is growing in popularity with educators seeking student-centric teaching methods. As with any method of instruction, evaluating the efficacy of the practice is essential. Through an extensive literature review, the da...

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Spiritual Needs Outcomes in Faith-Based Nonprofits, Ambri Refer
The researcher observed that faith-based nonprofits frequently report on tangible needs met but have failed to report on spiritual needs that are attended to. These spiritual needs can include prayer, church referral, encouraging people to ...

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The Characteristics of Successful Charter Schools, Justin E. Robb
This literature review examines what characteristics make successful charter schools. Charter schools have been expanding throughout the United States for the last 20 years and this paper looks at the different factors that contribute to su...

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Language Learning and Empathy, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Second language learning and empathy are two concepts frequently explored and employed in schools but are often treated as separate domains. This literature review aims to analyze the connection between learning a second language and the de...

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The Relationship Between the Implementation of Response to Intervention and Students’ Achievement on Eighth Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Ann Marie Rooney
The purpose of this research study was to determine if there is a relationship between the implementation phase of Response to Intervention (RTI), an academic multi-tiered system of support, and eighth grade students’ mathematics, reading, ...

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Supporting Educators in Implementing Alternative Instructional Strategies, Tobie C. Sanvick
Educators need support offered to successfully implement alternative instructional strategies, like project-based learning, cooperative learning, and inquiry-based learning. This literature review points to six supports to overcome the chal...

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Benefits, Barriers, and Supports in Sports and Activities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Stephanie O'Neal Sauer
This literature review examines the benefits of inclusion in sports and activities for those with intellectual disabilities, the barriers that exist that inhibit or prohibit the inclusion, and the supports that can be implemented to establi...

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Food Waste In Schools, Aimee Beth Schaefer Kueppers
This literature review examined the history of the National School Lunch Program from its inception to now. Ongoing questions and concerns related to food waste from school lunches have been explored by many researchers to understand its ef...

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Universal Depression Screening in Pregnancy, Kayla M. Schmidt
Introduction: Identifying the optimal timing and frequency of universal depression screening during pregnancy can optimize the current national recommendations. Identifying whether a protocol for universal depression screening is beneficial...

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How Can Animals Benefit Students with Special Needs in the PreK-12 Academic Setting?, Ruthie L. Schneider
Animals and children are often associated together because there is an innate connection between them. That connection is even more compelling concerning children with special needs. In the past few decades studies have increased involving ...

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Student-Centered Learning in the Social Studies Classroom: Effective Strategies that Build Critical Thinking, Brandon Searles
Critical thinking is a crucial skill which today’s K-12 students must develop in order to be engaged and curious global citizens. The social studies classroom is a proxy for democratic participation and therefore an exemplary setting to spa...

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The Role of Professional Development in Effective Standards Implementation: Developing Comprehensive Implementation Supports for the 2020 Minnesota ELA Standards, Jacob Daniel Seuntjens
This application thesis explores the role of professional development in effective standards implementation. Applying themes in the research on standards implementation and professional development, a continuum of support was created to sup...

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The Impact of Amniotomy on Induction of Labor: An Integrative Review, Sarah Jessica Seuntjens
Background/Purpose: There is clear evidence available that refutes the practice of routine amniotomy in the spontaneously laboring patient. Amniotomy is an intervention that disrupts a normal physiologic birth and therefore should be utiliz...

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Growth Mindset Pedagogy in the Classroom, Laura Paige Shaw
The purpose of this literature review is to investigate utilization of growth mindset pedagogy in the classroom and to determine how its use impacts student achievement. In order to determine these capabilities, a short historic timeline an...

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Antenatal Pelvic Floor Education: A Review of the Midwifery Role in Promoting Pelvic Floor Health, Hannah L. Shir
Introduction: Nurse-midwives care for women from puberty until the end of life. As primary care providers, they are “with women” to help them reach optimal well-being, including pelvic floor outcomes. Pelvic floor health is important not on...

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Facilitating augmentative and alternative communication for non-verbal students with developmental disabilities, Michelle (Shelly) L Sieben
This literature review with application emphasis examines the history and impact of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for limited and non-verbal communicators with developmental disabilities. Research targets AAC implementati...

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Training and Supporting Paraprofessionals Who Work with Students with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Brian P. Solum
The roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in special education have increased over the years. Just as special education teachers see their caseloads, paperwork, and IEP responsibilities increase, the roles and responsibilities of ...

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Brain-Based Learning Methods and Student Achievement, Katie Stang
Educators often ask themselves, “What is the most effective way to impart knowledge to my students?” All teachers are faced with the weighty responsibility of providing high-quality learning experiences for their students. Part of a high-qu...

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A Study of the Implementation Process of Interventions to Address Racial Disproportionalities in Student Discipline, Katie Stennes
Beginning in the fall of 2017, forty-one districts and charter schools entered into three-year legal agreements with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to reduce the racial disproportionality in their district or school’s exclusionary...

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Impacts of Social and Emotional Learning Intervention on Students with Disabilities, Ryan P. Stockhaus
ABSTRACT Schools today see a high number of students who are at-risk and have special needs, and the number is at a steady increase. This creates a unique challenge for regular education teachers, special education teachers, support staff, ...

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Emotions in Educators Implementing a Social-Emotional Development Framework, Cindy Stolp
This qualitative study explored the emotions of early childhood educators implementing the Pyramid Model social-emotional framework. The semi-structured interviews with 11 educators included discussing emotions correlated to Pyramid Model p...

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Educator Burnout Prevention, Anna Sophia Stroebel
Burnout is a universal experience that impacts many educators. Within the first five years of teaching, 40% of educators will leave the profession (Mielke, 2019). Teachers of high needs students, including special education teachers, are at...

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The Validity of the SAT and ACT, Hanna M. Sturm
For millions of high schoolers across the United States, an important precursor for attending a four-year college or university is completing the SAT or ACT. This test score is used in admission decisions to determine how prepared that stud...

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The Importance of Building Positive Classroom Community for Adolescents After the Relational Disconnect from the Covid-19 Pandemic, Jessica Ann Swanson
This paper aims to analyze the importance of providing students with a positive classroom environment that supports adolescent mental health. Middle school can be a time when students feel lonely, isolated, and oftentimes, it can be physiol...

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Sensory Informed Teaching and the Impact on Student Learning, Rebecca Thavis
This thesis explores the impact that sensory stimuli have on students with sensory disorders and how this impacts their academic growth. It was hypothesized that sensory impact was a great hindrance for students that suffered from hyper or ...

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How Can Educators Better Inform Parents about the Special Education Process So That They are Empowered to Increase Their Role as Active Participants in Their Students’ Education?, Beth Ann Thibodeau
The benefits of family involvement in students’ education range from academic and behavioral growth to better attendance and social skills. Parent involvement in the educational process for students with disabilities is a legal right, yet b...

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How Hmong Students Perceive Academic Success, Pheng Vang
The Hmong people have been a part of the United States of America since the 1960s. Three generations of Hmong people have learned to assimilate while balancing their customs and traditions. Older generation Hmong parents want their children...

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An Effective Culturally Informed Model For Intergenerational Leadership Transfer In The Alliance Church Of Merced: A Qualitative Case Study, Thai Vang
The purpose of this study was to examine an effective, culturally informed model for intergenerational leadership transfer within the Alliance Church of Merced (ACOM) in Merced, California. The project consisted of a qualitative case study ...

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Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Inclusive Practices in Grades K-12, Emily B. Wakefield
In the 21st century, many students with disabilities who might have previously received most of their education in a self-contained room or resource room are much more frequently in classrooms with typically developing peers. However, many ...

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Using Technology In And Out Of The Classroom To Support English Language Learners, Yihui Wang
This thesis examined various methods of how technology could better support English language learners in and out of the classroom, and how educators should utilize technology to better support English language learners across all age ranges...

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The Impacts of 1:1 Technology Implementation on Academic Success and Student Engagement, Leah Aina Ward
Technology use in the classroom has been a debated, but popular trend in education, specifically on whether classrooms should have a 1:1 technology approach. Technology in some form is typically used everyday in a classroom setting, but ove...

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The Benefits of Ceramic Art with Secondary Learners, Tatum Whiteford
This thesis analyzes the research of artists, educators, scholars, and historians alike to present the value of the ceramic arts in public secondary art education programs in the United States of America. The process of defining ceramics in...

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Improving Transitional Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Amanda Hall Wicklund
Despite access to transition programming and planning, students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face reduced post-secondary school outcomes compared to students in other disability groups. Research explores factors that diminish or incr...

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How Do the Zero-Tolerance Policies Lead Students of Color to the School to Prison Pipeline, Deanna Minnie Williams
The school-to-prison pipeline in the United States is significantly affected by the zero-tolerance policies and mainly impacts students of color. The school to prison pipeline refers to students of color who are disproportionately placed in...

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The Efficacy of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) in Closing the Discipline Gap Between White Students and Students of Color, Taylor Williams
The purpose of this quantitative study was to analyze the data from schools that have and have not implemented AVID for at least three years to determine what difference, if any, existed between the schools’ racial discipline gap. This stud...

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Producing a Sustainable Discipleship Model Small African American Adventist Churches Can Incorporate, Victor Richard Timothy Wilson
This thesis presented a case for sustainable, post-baptismal discipleship in small, mostly African American Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America. By examining the prophetic tandem of Elijah and Elisha and the ministry of Jesus an...

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The Impact of Classroom Management on Behavior Regulation for Students in Early Childhood and Elementary School Classrooms, Katherine S. Winters
A significant obstacle for teachers in early childhood and elementary classrooms is regulating negative student behavior. The implementation of classroom management programs is a strategy used by school districts worldwide to lessen learnin...

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Importance of Inclusion for Special Education Students in General Education Classrooms, Michelle L. Zidlicky
This literature review aims to inform inclusive education and why it is crucial for all students. Inclusion is based on students' academic and social-emotional success from learning with general education peers from both general education, ...

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Hydration and Nutrition During Labor, Muna Abdi and Katie Cooper
Background/Purpose: Historically women have birthed in their own homes. As birth moved to the hospital, concerns surrounding gastric aspiration following general anesthesia led to restrictive intake policies for laboring women. Current prof...

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The Relationship between the Implementation Phase of the DuFour Model of Professional Learning Communities and Students’ Achievement, William Adams
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the implementation phase of the DuFour model of professional learning communities (PLCs) and students’ achievement. A survey was emailed via Qualtrics to elementary principal...

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Teacher Feedback and Assessment Outcomes of Students: a Literature Review, David Doe Agoha
This paper examines the role of teacher feedback in improving the assessment outcomes of students. The literature review provides a brief overview of the types and levels of feedback, and discusses how the timing, format, and type of feedba...

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Use of Blood Flow Restriction to Treat and Rehabilitate Patients Ages 18 to 40 Year Old from Postoperative Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Alec Green Almquist
Background: Blood flow restriction (BFR) is being shown to have many positive applications for the medical, and strength and conditioning fields. Recently, researchers and physical therapists have been applying these same concepts to patien...

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Bullying Interventions in K-12 Schools: an Extensive Look at the Essential Components of an Effective Bullying Intervention Program, Jacob T. Archbold
This thesis addresses the essential researched-based components of effective bullying intervention programs in K-12 schools. It provides an overview of bullying which includes; a definition, types of bullying, bullying motivation, and the e...

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The Effect of Project-based Learning on Student Motivation and 21st Century Skills, Abigal J. Ash
Keeping students engaged and motivated is a universal challenge faced by teachers of all grades and ability levels. This thesis focuses on the impact that Project-Based Learning (PBL) has on student motivation and preparedness for life afte...

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The Effects Poverty Has on Students in Special education, Morgan Marie Auge
Poverty is an issue around the world that affects children and their academic achievement. In the United States 21% of children are raised in poverty. Children from poverty have a higher risk of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders i...

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Taking a Moment for Mindfulness: a Review on the Efficacy of Mindfulness Interventions on Student Academic Attainment, Andrew Lawrence Bailey
Mindfulness, or the act of paying attention on purpose without judgment, has received significant attention for its role in stress reduction. As stress levels are closely tied to academic outcomes for students it is logical to presume a con...

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Differences in Elementary Students’ Self-Reported Mental Health Between Racial Groups, Alyssa Kim Bartosh

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Effects of Innovative School Leadership Practices With the Goal of Promoting Collective Teacher Efficacy Through Creating a Collaborative Working Environment: A Literature Review, Deena Terese Bayer
The purpose of this literature review on collective teacher efficacy and collaborative working environment strategies completed in schools settings from Pre-K-university level, was to help guide teachers and school leaders to examine their ...